The Wonders of Parenting: Putting Positive Attention on Raising Kids by Roma Khetarpal
Everything we experience is directly related to the attention we put on it. I couldn’t help but remember how, when I was pregnant with my first child, everywhere I went, I spotted other pregnant moms or strollers or baby bags or car seats or smiling and crying babies. I remember wondering if I noticed these things because I was pregnant myself. Science tells us that, yes, that definitely is the case!
The godfather of psychology, William James, once said, “If you change your attention, you change your experience. My experience is what I agree to attend to.”
Many social media posts highlight on the difficulty of parenting along with evidence of their children's mischief. While this is a part of our life as parents, would it not behoove us as parents to put our attention on our positive interactions with our kids. In that way the experiences that we have as parents will be positive, too. Enjoyable and memorable.
Highlight the wonders in parenting instead of the mischief. By doing so you'll leave many more positive memories behind to look back on as your children reach important growth milestones.
We will be parenting for the rest of our lives, if we’re lucky, that is. Shouldn’t we choose to have the best experiences with our children so we can enjoy the ride and leave lasting good impressions for our kids to learn from? What a gift that would be for our children!
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